England’s cricket team did not have a chance against Australia | Ash 2021-22

I watched the 1967 edition of Wisden Tuesday morning, after hearing the news of England’s Ashes defeat. Its report from England’s tour of Australia 1965-66 shows that the team arrived in Australia in late October and played 10 warm-up matches, including five four-day state matches, before the first test started on 10 December. The team was not unique, but it was competitive in the series, which was drawn one-all.

In contrast, the current English team only had to play two warm-up matches against scratching scores, both of which were counted. I’m sure there are other systemic reasons for England’s poor performance, but the idea that we can fly a team a diagonal of the earth away from their own fields and expect them to acclimatize within a few days to stay competitive with a home team, are certainly imaginative.
Richard Williams
Hove, East Sussex

When I heard the news from the Melbourne Test, I felt confident that I already knew 11 of the “15 words associated with horror” in your Wordsearch in the print edition (G2, December 28).
Andrew Holder
South Wonston, Hampshire

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